The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has added Garcelle Beauvais, Aloe Blacc, Bryan Cranston, Adam Devine, Fat Joe, Liz Gillies, Aldis Hodge, Edwin Hodge, DJ Khaled, Daniel Levy, Loni Love, Leslie Mann, Robin Thicke, Gabrielle Union Wade and John David Washington to the lineup for The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon, it announces.
The 2-hour special, hosted by actor and comedian Kevin Hart, will stream LIVE on October 24 from 8-10pm ET on the LOL Network platforms including YouTube, Pluto, and more to be announced.
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These celebrities join the already previously announced participants: Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Josh Gad, Michael B. Jordan, and Jillian Mercado, according to a media release from MDA.
“Reimagining a major cultural television program that generations still remember, is very exciting, especially at a time when we all need some joy and hope.
“Bringing the mission to new audiences through streaming and social media, with some of the funniest, most talented celebrities of our time, is the thread that we are building upon for this year’s show with Kevin Hart,” he continued.
— Jonathan Krisel, Caviar, Director of The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon
A Reimagined Event
The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon will be a reimagined event featuring entertainment, comedy, musical performances, and MDA’s Let’s Play For A Cure gaming elements. The special will give viewers the opportunity to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Help From the Hart Charity, as well as get an inside look at the essential work of the organization through impactful profiles on families, research, care, and advocacy.
“We’re thrilled to have these incredibly talented celebrities help raise critical funds we need for research, care and advocacy for our families.
“We are also firmly dedicated to ensuring that the neuromuscular disease community is accurately portrayed and celebrated in all of the programming with our community advisory committee providing counsel, and having representation on the Telethon production team and as part of the writing process. We are grateful for all support as we focus on raising awareness and removing barriers for people within our community.”
— Lynn O’Connor Vos, President and CEO of MDA
One hour of extended programming, called Telethon Showcase, will take take place immediately following the telethon.
“Our extended programming offers an even more in-depth look, celebrating members of the neuromuscular community who are living and working independently and making meaningful differences in the world.”
— Jeff Calhoun, producer and director
The extended show will be hosted by Nancy O’Dell and Jann Carl, featuring appearances from other celebrity guests.
[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire]